Despite going dark today, you can still follow TGA on Facebook and Twitter where we'll be posting the occasional news and opinion article from outside media as it strikes our interests. You can also sign up on the right to get on our mailing list. Doing so will keep you informed of when we start publishing again and you'll have a PDF copy of any future print editions sent directly to your inbox.
Additionally, if you've ever been interested in joining us, either as a writer, editor, or general supporter, then now is the time to do so. As we explain below, we're in the process of transitioning to an entirely new team. Meetings have been held and work has been done to make this a reality, but due to various factors it is not 100% guaranteed and the efforts of ourselves and others may ultimately fall through.
So if you've liked what you've read and the impact we've had on shaping conversations at Georgetown these last six months, and wish to fight back against liberal intolerance and promote and defend libertarian, conservative, and pro-Catholic interests as they relate to the Hilltop, then let's talk. Our Submissions and Join Us pages have more information.
If you've visited TGA in the last 48 hours, you'll notice we've cleaned out our draft queue and put up a dozen new posts since Saturday. As we said last week, we're ceasing publication starting today in order to (hopefully) transition to a new team, so with the exception of PDFs of some back issues an alum is sending us and which we'll be posting whenever they arrive, you likely won't be reading any new content here until next semester. We already have two back issues available on our Scribd page here.
Of all the posts we've just released, we want to highlight a few in particular . . .
First is the Cohonguroton Oration by recently departed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Reading the piece, which is his valedictorian address from when he graduated from Georgetown in 1957, one can easily see how he rose to become so widely-regarded and loved as a jurist, even by those like Ruth Bader Ginsburg who disagreed with his ideas.
Second is a post we were sent by a recent alum who is anonymous even to us. He's one of many Hoyas who have contacted TGA since we began last semester and like others was inspired to contribute. His open letter to his 18-year-old self provides useful advice for freshmen and is both honest and thoughtful. We thank him for contributing it to us.
Third, we wanted to say bravo to the GUSA Executive's press team. They've done a great job with the website and communicating with everyone, including responding to our inquiries. We hope the new administration takes communications as seriously as they do and will maintain the standards set by Will and Ari.
For those wondering why we're going dark, the main reason has to do with the campus climate. Starting in December we began holding meetings with our fellow Hoyas who reached out to us about taking over TGA or who we knew personally. Some of these individuals wrote for us last semester while others didn't because of their responsibilities with other campus publications and clubs, but wanted to show their support and discuss how they could be part of the effort.
Some, though not all, saw difficulties moving forward with an immediate handover in which TGA continued to publish. This was due to our publication's perception on-campus among certain vocal and hostile communities on the left side of the political and ideological spectrum who like to play the victim. Some also felt or expected pressure from others who seek to suppress and punish the speech of those unwilling to buy into, or who actively go against, certain politically correct ideas prominent on the Hilltop.
Concern was also raised about possible long-term ramifications of being affiliated with a publication which has the intolerant left and liberal social justice warriors foaming at the mouth for a libertarian or conservative to sacrifice on their left-wing altar of hate. This was a big concern especially since something similar already happened around this time last year and because threats have already been made to TGA about future employment opportunities, including Facebook postings about beating us up, and calls for the University to sanction TGA's members via forced diversity training seminars or punishments such as having to pick up trash around campus.
Weirdly, someone even likened us to Islamic State terrorists!
Because of these concerns we've decided to go dark in order to create some distance between our successors and us so as to allow a clear demarcation between the old and the new. The idea is that with certain people graduating and a new crew taking over, the climate will be improved and things will have calmed down enough for publishing to begin once again. When (and if) that happens, TGA's direction will be determined by whoever steps up and takes over. They, and not us, will have control over tone and content. This is another way of saying they shouldn't be blamed or attacked for past blog posts.
For those wondering, plans were in the works to publish a print edition this month. A printer had been secured and coordinated with, money was raised to cover a couple issues, and we received a pre-existing Adobe InDesign template sent to us by a former editor in-chief from a few years ago, which just needed to be filled with new content before being printed and distributed.
But it now seems things will have to wait until next semester.
When we started this venture we had two big goals in mind. The first was to push back against the intolerant left and expose both the irrationality of their views and their thuggish tactics. We also wanted to present some ideas about Georgetown and report on stories which weren't addressed in The Hoya or The Voice, or were done so in a biased manner.
We began with our five-part series for freshmen entitled "The Year You Missed," and which covered last year's craziness and the attempts made by social justice warriors and the University administration to silence speech and politicize the curriculum, which they've been more or less successful at accomplishing because of the absence of any meaningful libertarian or conservative opposition.
When Pope Frances came to D.C. we were ready with a post wondering why no Pope has ever visited Georgetown, America's oldest and arguably most important Catholic university, while across town the Catholic University of America has received visits from every Pope going back to the 1970s. We also looked at certain "Catholic identity issues" which are rarely examined in either The Hoya or The Voice, such as the reason Jesuits exist, questions about what's going on with the theology department at Georgetown (here and here), what it means to have a "Catholic" mind, and some thoughts on why a gay atheist Jew who died of AIDS is probably the most important defender of Catholic universities in the last quarter century.
We also took on the pro-abortion advocacy group H*yas for Choice and revealed what the University would like to keep hidden, which is that funds from a mandatory activities fee collected from students by the administration and housed in a Georgetown University bank account controlled by President Jack DeGioia is being funneled to support pro-abortion activities. In the words of H*yas for Choice's former president, this financial support from the University represents “a large portion of our operating costs.”
Freedom of speech issues were big at Georgetown last year, not to mention the country at large. We looked at how both The Hoya and The Voice disappear down the memory hole articles when they upset certain groups (in addition to a post on The Hoya's left-wing reporting bias) and also slapped down a free speech poseur who, ironically, serves as GUSA's Secretary on Free Speech (but only defends speech he agrees with), and to whom we had to educate about the meaning and importance of freedom of speech. We were also glad to note President Obama agrees with TGA on this issue in a video we posted showing his distaste for the emotional cripples who try to silence others.
We covered the protest movement at Georgetown, beginning with a look at the Yale incident over Halloween costumes and continuing on to an examination of the protest in November to change the names of two buildings named after a couple dead Jesuits who sold some slaves about 175 years ago. Two of our freshmen writers also commented on this issue (see here and here).
Regarding Georgetown's diversity fetish, TGA discussed how it's not about diversity of ideas or opinion, which is what a University dedicated to the pursuit of truth and dissemination of knowledge should pursue, but is entirely about diversity of skin tone and sexual orientation. As we have noted on multiple occasions, there is a whole industry devoted to keeping diversity and grievances in the forefront of everyone's minds because there is a lot of money to be made in doing so. And we were the only ones to publish critiques in any Georgetown publication of the "diversity" requirement, the sole purpose of which is to indoctrinate students with left-wing, politically correct ideas. For those unaware, the new "diversity" requirement will now force all new students to take specially selected and politically correct classes costing them a cool $15,000, which is about half your average Hoyas student loan debt.
Despite claims we at TGA are anti-gay we interviewed one who happens to be The Hoya's best writer, and in our pages encouraged the University (and GUSA) to bring to campus three prominent homosexuals as speakers (Camille Paglia, Eve Tushnet, and Milo Yiannopoulos). We suspect this will never happen because gay libertarians and conservatives aren't supposed to exist and those who do aren't supposed to be acknowledged by those on the left. And of course, the number one book on our Bookshelf is by Allan Bloom, the aforementioned gay atheist Jew who died of AIDS, and of whom we're big fans, and which we recommend to every person who knows how to read.
Though we didn't comment on homosexuality per se, we did look at transgenderism since that was the focus of Georgetown's celebration of LGBTQ History Month last October, and which was sponsored by 31 different University offices, departments, and clubs, including both Campus Ministry and the Office of the President. We noted the irony of Georgetown officially promoting and celebrating transgender lifestyles, but completely ignoring the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops call to promote Respect for Life Month which was also in October. The post was the tipping point for TGA and vastly expanded our readership, but also led to a lot of nasty comments about us and an op-ed and editorial in The Hoya, which we responded to here, and in which we used medical science and Catholic teaching to dismantle the notion that mutilating one's body is a psychologically healthy way to cope with the problems associated with gender dysphoria.
We were fortunate to publish some reprints sent to us from alumni advisors, including this laud of Rabbi Harold White who died in September, and another from Bill Clinton's old professor, the legendary Carroll Quigley, who wrote a classic think-piece about intellectual life on the Hilltop called "Is Georgetown Committing Suicide?" And we posted an editorial from a special 9/11 issue published fifteen years ago, and finally, a piece written around that same time entitled: "Why Would Anyone Join Up With The Academy?"
We also managed to publish some cool videos, from Hitler's reaction to the Chicken Madness ticket giving Team Crenushe a run for their money, to South Park's hilarious Safe Spaces Song and the Social Justice Warrior Chant, to another by an amazing woman who succinctly destroys feminism in all of three minutes, and this awesome parody of feminists. There was also Christina Hoff Sommers on Feminism vs. Truth, George Will's college commencement speech "every student should hear," and Heather MacDonald's examination of the diversity scam.
Thanks to Georgetown alum, Academy Award winner, and Exorcist author William Peter Blatty, we were given in November a 12,000-word excerpt from the petition he sent to the Vatican asking for a determination to be made whether or not Georgetown was authentically Catholic. The excerpt, which we turned into an eight-part series called "A History of TGA," showcases the very best of this publication's quarter century of writing and student-led efforts promoting libertarian, conservative, and pro-Catholic views at Georgetown, including the pivotal role TGA's founders played in defunding GU Choice, the predecessor of today's H*yas for Choice.
Speaking of history, last December was the bicentennial of John Carroll's passing. As we all know, Carroll founded Georgetown and was appointed the United States' first Roman Catholic bishop, in addition to being a key player in the American revolution. Neither the University nor any other other campus pubs saw fit to mention this anniversary except us.
In January we published a five-part, data-rich series taking a serious look at the problem of affirmative action, arguably the most important examination of the subject at Georgetown in recent memory. We looked at University attempts at keeping affirmative action data secret and hidden from outside examination and the steps they've taken to punish whistle blowers, to the problem of mismatch theory and the negative professional and financial impacts affirmative action has on its purported beneficiaries, before concluding with a critical look at the University's own affirmative action programs which ignore socioeconomic, religious, and viewpoint diversity.
More recently we've provided unique coverage of the GUSA election, from being the first out with a candidate questionnaire, to our breaking the story of the emergence of the Two Chicks, One Georgetown ticket, to our editorial in which we stood alone among the campus pubs in endorsing Hot Chick and Chicken Madness, to our election analysis which is the only statistical examination of the election results.
This was in addition to our proposals last semester for GUSA to improve communications and transparency (something to their credit they followed and did very well), to reforming the student activities funding process, and to stop the "diversity" requirement.
As TGA's web traffic shows we've been successful in getting readership with an average of about 4,000 unique visitors each month since last September, and that's with not publishing any new content for a month between the end and start of classes over Winter Break and ending a week early in February. All told we've had over 63,000 page views.
Both our metrics and the reaction to TGA's presence clearly show there exists a void that needs to be filled in regards to intellectual discussion at Georgetown.
In closing, we want to invite once again those interested in joining up with TGA to go ahead and do so. We look forward to hearing from you. You can learn more here.
Special thanks to Burr, Johnny 3 Tears, Huck, Peter Campomanes, Bob Higgins, Arthur Murgatroyd, Quinctius Cincinnatus, J.S., Hoya Blue, DJ Omni, Mickey Haller, the crew at Two Chicks, One Georgetown, Matthew Quallen and Amber Athey (these latter two for the interviews, neither wrote nor edited for us, so leave them alone SJW freaks), and all the other men and women who otherwise assisted. We appreciate what you've done.
Thanks to our readers as well. You're one of the reasons we started.
But most of all, thanks to the social justice warriors who freaked out over finally being challenged and called out on their b.s. and thuggish behavior. You helped us accomplish our mission and your outrage greatly extended our reach. Not only did we succeed in exposing the poverty of your ideas, but we also had a great time doing it. We only wish that last semester you had put up those fliers, held that protest, and actually gotten the Washington Post and the Huffington Post to publish stories we know you were planning. It would have taken us national and we would have found it all quite amusing.
Oh well, maybe sometime in the future.